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The V-Chip On February 8 1996 President Clinton signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which dramatically altered the telecommunications industry over the next several years One of the most controversial sections of the bill was Section 551 titled Parental Choice in Television Programming which calls for manufacturers to include a V-chip in every new TV set 13 inches or larger The V-chip is a device that will enable viewers to program their televisions to block out content with a common rating Proponents of the system say that it will enable parents to protect their children from viewing violent and explicit material Opponents say it violates the First Amendment rights of the broadcasters and enforces government censorship on the television industry Even though the President has already signed the V-chip legislation into law it remains at the heart of a heated political battle The strongest objection raised to the V-chip by its opponents is that it violates the First Amendment Rights of the broadcasters They claim that the government is imposing a system of censorship that will lead to blander and less dramatic television Representative Ed Markey D-Mass who spearheaded the drive for the V-chip argues that there is nothing in the legislation that limits the content of programs He and other supporters of the V-chip say that the broadcasters will still be able to air any programming they wish They will just have to accompany the programming with a rating that will help identify to parents the content of the programs He emphasizes that it will be left to the parents to decide which programs they wish to view not the government Broadcasters respond by saying that there is simply too large of a volume of programs to rate all of them As an example they say that there are fewer than 600 movies that have to be rated each year by the Motion Picture Association of
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